What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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by Allison Havens

The small group of adventurous and well-behaved artists with good listening skills existed only in my dreams. It was time for me to face the reality of facilitating drawing and visioning exercises for a class of 30-40 middle schoolers who have a hard time concentrating for longer then five minutes and whose greatest fear is embarrassment in front of their peers...


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: ArtCorps artist, Allison Havens, prohibits rulers and erasers in her middle school art workshops in Honduras in order to challenge her students to focus more on putting themselves in their art than on drawing straight lines and perfect houses.


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by Aneesha Parrone

“When I walk into the room, several women are selecting yarns, untangling skeins. More wander in, some in walkers. There is a grace hanging about the room. Their smiles are gentle. Quietude pervades the room. It is not energy of silent lack, but that of a garden gently swaying in the wind...“


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Together, an art therapist and fiber artist inspire residents at an assisted living facility to interpret dance into a woven community tapestry. Through the process and product, residents reflect on their own creativity, connections, and memories.


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by Dorota Kozinska

In 2001, Earl and Gary spent a lot of time with an ill friend at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and during their frequent visits, they could not help but notice the blandness of the surroundings. It struck them, how this lack of visual stimulus added to the overall sadness of the hospital environment, affecting all, patients, staff and visitors alike and especially so their dying friend, who was an artist himself.

Around the same time, Earl got involved in organizing an art exhibition with Montreal writer and art critic, Dorota Kozinska...


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Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: HomeFront homeless shelter clients are encouraged to paint during their stay not only as a therapeutic outlet but as a way to help them shatter stereotypes about homelessness and to regain a sense of purpose and identity.


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by Alexandra Blaney

Nobody likes going to hospitals.  The muted colors, the sterile smells, everybody looks like they wish they were somewhere else.  And that’s just in the lobbies.  Going into the actual treatment rooms where patients are surrounded by huge and frightening looking machines is even worse...



Editor’s Note from Marie' Sakai: Truly uplifting and inspiring, this is how art heals people and communities at large through beautiful bright paintings in hospitals that truly give the patients a warmer brighter hope for the future.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Karin used art therapy to deal with her eating disorder. Now she makes spoon pendants and sees the beauty that can be created out of mistakes. She says that art is a microscopic way to look at her life and it is soothing and healing.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: As we are faced with an aging population and our own, it's worth noting that, "More and more researchers and health care providers are convinced that art therapy helps improve the quality of life for older adults, even for those who might have dementia or Alzheimer's disease."


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by Scott Trevelyan

Most people refer to it as a disability. I almost see it as a gift. To experience near death and be able to view life from a new positive perspective is something I have found many Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors have in common...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I met Scott Trevelyan, a visual artist on the North Coast of NSW, Australia, via an international art therapy project. Scott used printmaking techniques as a cathartic tool to overcome life-threatening injuries sustained in a traumatic motorcycle accident in 2002. He currently runs art therapy classes for Acquired Brain Injury survivors at his wheelchair-friendly, purpose built studio, ‘Willowbank Studio’.


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by Geron Countess

Here is an opportunity for art students in a community to paint something lasting for a city while completing service hours for college admission department requirements! This opportunity is the Bumper Art Initiative! Bumper Art is art painted on parking lot bumper blocks to beautify and jazz up a city. It is the first program of its kind anywhere in the world and isasimple project to duplicate in any community...


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Many cities have an untapped reservoir of volunteers. Young people want and need to be meaningful contributors in their communities. This article describes one way to get young people involved in urban revitalization efforts. It is a fun and simple way to engage suburban students and their families with their city.


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by Bernd Wechner

Symbols are amazing things. They rule our lives. When we overestimate their power, we suffer, when we underestimate their power we suffer. Just what is a symbol and why are they so important us?


Symbols are all we have to communicate with one another, to share our ideas and feelings. Deeper still, they form a great part of how we talk to ourselves, that is, how we think, process and summarise our ideas and experiences.


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Ever since Bernd was a child, he has dreamed of wandering the world aimlessly in search of his fortunes. After studying and working for a while, with enough of the stable life behind him, he set out to do just that. He collected a respectable pile of experiences and information on the road before he migrated to a more steady home and family life. This is a reflective piece that he wrote about symbols.


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by David Gerbstadt

Drawing is moving a pen, pencil, crayon—or really anything that can make a mark—on paper. In college, it took one teacher to tell me I was swimming in the deep end—in other words, that I was good at art! It took just one person to make me aware I was worthy of something. Up to that point, I had no idea I was ‘good‘ at anything....


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: David is a working artist who lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was in a terrible bicycle accident and used art to heal. This is an excerpt from his book, One Breath at a Time.


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by Gina De Gorna

Color is light, which splits into different wavelengths, vibrating at different speeds and different frequencies. Black objects absorb all wavelengths and do not reflect any. Objects that reflect all wavelengths and everything are white. Between black and white lies COLOR...


Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: In her article, she speaks of color having energy, vibrations, and deep insight to the ability to heal. This is called Color Therapy. She gives specific advice and relevant information on how colors affect the body, spirit, and the energy field. This is a great resource for anyone who is interested in the power of color and how it can transform and enhance your life.


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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